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Old 05-19-2005, 09:47 AM   #1
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Default My signals make my headlights flicker!

Hey all -

I've got a 2000 RS and a few weeks ago I noticed a small annoyance that my headlights would flicker (similar to if I flashed my high-beams, except they flickered off and not brighter) for an instant about 40% of the time I would use a turn signal. As time went on, it started becoming more prominent so I checked under the dash because I installed a GTechPro RR over Christmas and I wiretapped the unit into the switced +12V line by the foglight switch (like was done in this Ravensblade mod). There were no bare wires shorting together, and I suspect that if my GTech was loading down the lighting circuit I would have seen this problem more recently after the install.

Any ideas? I'm really scratching my head here. Last night my headlights turned completely off when I put on my left signal!!! Could my battery be losing ability to source the necessary charge?

I don't remember the current draw of the GTechPro, I'll snag it when I get home. The battery is an OEM replacement and it's 2 years old.

Thanks in advance guys!
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Old 05-20-2005, 12:47 AM   #2
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Bump...The GTech draws about 200mA peak.
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Old 05-20-2005, 03:30 AM   #3
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I would check the wiring feeding the turn signal switch. There may be a break which only shows when the switch is moved.
The connection that you made may have severed the wires.
Othetr than that, it's a case of following the circuit with a tester and a pin.

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Old 05-20-2005, 03:33 AM   #4
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Might not hurt to check your grounds also.
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Old 05-20-2005, 08:29 PM   #5
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Not sure if the wire you tapped on to is involved or not, but if you used the crimp-on blade style tap, they can be problematical. They're convenient, but depending on the wire/tap sizing match-up, they can create problems in a number of ways.
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Old 05-20-2005, 11:22 PM   #6
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That sucks, mine does that all the time, when it happens i turn high beams on and off and then it is fine for a while
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Old 05-21-2005, 01:10 AM   #7
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Could also be a bad relay although I believe they are individual per each side.
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That sucks, mine does that all the time, when it happens i turn high beams on and off and then it is fine for a while
Do you have anything wired in to your dash aftermarket at all? I'm starting to think the GTech is not the issue, but I want to be sure...

Thanks for all the tips guys...keep 'em comin' and I'll keep you posted as I try things.
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Old 05-21-2005, 02:55 PM   #9
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I had a similar problem on my 02 RS, sometimes the headlights would flick off momentarily when using the signals. At the time I had the DRLs unplugged at the resistor under the hood, but not under the dash. So I unplugged the DRL controller under the dash and the problem went away. Maybe give that a shot?
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Old 05-22-2005, 10:54 PM   #10
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My car is bone stock.
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Just another quick observation, since the dimmer switch is integrated could it be possible that its the culprit?
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